This water vessel was made from a single-belly gourd, a type that was often fashioned into small ‘playthings’; for example, see a moulded hexagonal form gourd, sold in these rooms, 31st October 1995, lot 641, and again, 8th October 2010, lot 2246. Another gourd piece of related rounded shape, possibly a water vessel or a small container, attributed to the Daoguang period and in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, is illustrated in Wang Shixiang, The Charms of the Gourd, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 30, together with a quadrate form ‘plaything’ also fashioned from a single-belly gourd, pl. 29.
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